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By Mary Alice Murphy

At the Tax Reform forum held Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Western New Mexico University's J. Cloyd Miller Library, District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow served as moderator.

"Tax reform is quite the topic in the House and the Senate," Dow said. "I would like to introduce Paul Gessing, president of the Rio Grande Foundation. Our topic tonight asks: Is 2018 the year of tax reform? This year, my first session as your representative, I worked hard on a bill to allow those dying of a terminal disease the right to try pharmaceutical drugs that are still in development, but that might help them."

Gessing said he has been the Rio Grande Foundation president since 2006. "Rebecca works very hard for her district and the state."

Reserve, NM, October 27, 2017 – For Immediate Release. Fire personnel reported smoke on Friday, October 20; and is from lightning as a result of thunderstorms that passed through the Gila National Forest on Thursday, October 19.

Eagle Fire – Located northwest of Eagle Peak Lookout and is at approximately 1 acre and has merged with the Peak Fire.

Peak Fire – Located northwest of Eagle Peak Lookout and is at approximately 20 acres.

The fire is burning in the old HB Fire (1995) burn scar. The fires are moving through downed logs and are cleaning up snags and woody debris within this burn scar.
Reserve RD fire staff will be monitoring these fires as they clean up dead and down material on the forest floor.

By Hallie Richwine

The Regular Meeting of the Cobre Consolidated School District Board of Education began on Monday October 23, 2017, following an executive session which lasted approximately one hour.

Before the update on unfinished business the trustees presented Misty Pugmire with a plaque recognizing her retirement after 25 years of service with Cobre Consolidated Schools.

By Hallie Richwine

The Public Forum on October 19 at WNMU’s Miller Library focused on the topic of “Women’s Health - Globally.” Lydia Huerta, professor of Cultural Studies and Spanish, served as the moderator. The panel included Allison Evans, WNMU professor of political science, Jeff Hill, WNMU chair of natural sciences, and Rene Romo, representative of United States Senator Tom Udall’s office.

To begin the evening Huerta explained that the Mexico City Policy is a United States government policy that blocks U.S. federal funding for non-governmental organizations that provide abortion counselling or referrals, advocate to decriminalize abortion, or expand abortion services.

allsup and cowanTatton Allsup hands a check for Wreaths Across America to Mary Cowan, the WAA local organizer to place wreaths at Fort Bayard National Cemetery. Photo Courtesy of Frank DonohueAllsup, who lives in Mule Creek and is a senior at Cliff High School, presented $720 he raised via a "clay-bustin' fundraiser. He is involved with the NRA, is a former 4-H member and took the initiative to do this fundraiser on his own.

He told Cowan that he has more money that has been pledged that he will put toward the purchase of wreaths.

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By Hallie Richwine

The Silver Consolidated Schools Regular Board Meeting took place Tuesday, October 17, 2017, in the Silver Schools Administration Building. All members of the Board of Education as well as Superintendent Audie Brown attended.

Jennie Coleman and Alicia Beck presented a new youth basketball league to the board. Chad Leary is planning on retiring the present youth program and the plan is for this league to replace the old one. There will be a series of clinics followed by league play. Modeled after the successful soccer program, this is a non-profit program carrying insurance and screening coaches. It will be run by a board and will not be a travel league. Coleman and Beck are looking for time and expertise from the surrounding community. Board President Mike McMillan said: “Congratulations and best of luck - any time we can have an activity for youth outside of school it is a positive thing to do.”

 dsc4638Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce board members, Sabrina Pack and Bruce Ashburn, hold each end of the ribbon as BBBS Grant County Program Specialist Donna Guevara cuts the ribbon. Photo courtesy of Jim Mathews.

img 5700Area BBBS representatives Regional Director Dawn Starostka, Program Specialist Donna Guevara, Program Coordinator Gila Trujillo, Program Specialists Crystal Nowell, Coordinator Nancy Chaparro, and intern Valerie Galindo stand in front of the office. Photo by Mary Alice Murphy

By Mary Alice Murphy

For the ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of an office in Silver City, several representatives of Big Brothers Big Sisters for Dona Ana County and Grant County were on hand, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, to answer questions and welcome the Bigs and Littles that attended.

Nancy Chaparro, program coordinator for Dona Ana and Grant Counties said the goal is to have 45 matches of Bigs and Littles in Grant County by the end of the year.

ndcaward for gcwaterprojFrom left, at the National Development Council's National Academy Awards are Hurley Town Clerk Lori Ortiz, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments Executive Director Priscilla Lucero and Hurley Town Councilor Esther Gil.The Grant County Regional Water Project received the National Academy 2017 Chairperson's award from the National Development Council. 

The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments, led by Executive Director Priscilla Lucero, received notice in early September that the project was a semi-finalist for one of the awards. The Chairperson's Award is selected by the chair of the NDC's Board, who chooses a project that demonstrated extraordinary community impact.

On hand for the conference when the award was issued were Lucero, Hurley Town Clerk Lori Ortiz and Hurley Town Councilor Esther Gil. 

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